A friendship conducted in a Dublin parking lot between two men living in their cars may sound like a contrived reflection on the state of the Celtic Tiger. The fact that it works is down largely to Colm Meaney as Fred, who turns homelessness into a whole new form of dignity, with morning coffee, regular shaves and the common decency to look out for his drugged-out co-habitant Cathal (Morgan). In return, Cathal’s friendship gives Fred the confidence to get back in touch with his emotions. Quietly unassuming, Parked only rarely succumbs to drama and never gives in to cliché.
Parked | Directed by Darragh Byrne (Ireland, Finland 2010) with Colm Meaney, Colin Morgan. Starts November 29